Rules and Sanctions Athletes must participate in competitions with fairplay and enthusiasm. All those who show a negative attitude, or an evident inability might be excluded from the marathon. Athletes should strictly comply with the provisions supplied by the jury or by the Organization, particularly as far as safety is concerned.
During the race:
During the race, athletes must neither push nor pull each other, blocking another athlete with changing voluntary of trajectory. The sanction is a written warning. For an athlete that will enter or try to enter in the pack, in a non-adapted way (arm push or grabbing) the sanction is a written warning. No help can be given to another racer – («Train push» for sprint, «chasing push», push to get out of the pack …) In case of infringement made with the aim of favoring the success of the same team, the enforced penalty will be applied to all the athletes in question. The sanction for help given during the race is a written warning for minor damage to disqualification if fault did obviously change the result of the race. These points are specially observed in the last part of the race.
They shall be rigid and need to have received a homologation in compliance with international safety provisions. During group races, helmets’ length must not exceed 30cm. They must be well fixed in order to guarantee a good head protection during the whole race - warm-up, race and recovery.
During the competition, athletes/racers shall wear wrist protectors/gloves. (Optional)
For Inline skates, a maximum of 5 wheels are permitted. The skate length including the wheels must not exceed 50cm. The frame cannot exceed the wheels. Clap skates are permitted; in compliance with CIC provisions, they must be attached to shoes. Chassis claps have an opening device. Propulsive opening systems (i.e., springs) are not permitted. 125mm wheels are permitted for marathons on the road. Does not apply to Quads or Rollerblades.
Finish Line / Final Sprint
Racers shall run along the last straight line leading to the finish according to the shortest imaginary line, without changing the trajectory they chose at the beginning of the sprint and causing in this way a damage to other racers. In case of voluntary infringement causing a serious obstruction over another racer, the enforced penalty can be the disqualification of the athlete committing the misconduct. In case of infringement made with the aim of favoring the position and the result of a team-mate, the enforced penalty can be the disqualification of the two athletes in question. As a consequence of a minor damage (passing with a change of trajectory) the athlete committing the misconduct shall be ranked behind the skaters he/she eventually damaged. In case of infringement made with the aim of favoring the position and the result of a teammate, the enforced penalty could be the disqualification of the athletes in question.
In case a skater voluntarily walks off and then resumes the race by covering a shorter distance, he/she shall be disqualified and excluded from the race. In case the ORGANISERS are responsible for the route errors of one or several skaters, the race shall be stopped and a new starting procedure must be made.
Athletes are permitted to use a heart rate meter device. Receptor devices can be worn at the wrist. The referee may reject the use of telemetry devices that represent an evident danger for the athlete or for other racers.
When athletes are lapped by another racer or by a group of racers, the «leaders’ precedence rule» shall be enforced. They shall step aside on the right of the road and allow the passage of the athletes who are lapping them. Lapped athletes shall always position behind those who lapped them. In case of breach of this rule, the enforced penalty shall be the disqualification of the involved athletes and their immediate exclusion from the race.
In order to guarantee a fair competition, women are not allowed to participate in men’s competitions and are not allowed to run immediately behind men (group formation). In case of a separate start of a women’s race (1-2 minutes) after a men’s race, special conditions shall apply. In case one or several women athletes catch up to men athletes, men shall be considered as lapped and must stay behind the women who lapped them. Men athletes are neither allowed to place themselves inside of a group of women, nor can they damage or help women athletes. In case of breach of this provision, the enforced penalty shall be the disqualification of the involved athletes and their immediate exclusion from the race. WIC proposes, whenever possible, to carry out two separate races, one for men, the other for women. Only applies to World-class and elite skaters.
Airbuds/headphones- We strongly do not recommend them during the race. It's very important to hear commands from other skaters passing you.